Fishing Report from The Angler's Mark.
We got in a fishing trip this morning before a big blow comes through. I met Jim Merkey and his son Derrick up at the north end ramp and we headed over to the outside of Tiger Island to fish a marsh line on the first of an outgoing tide. The two anglers were tossing float rigs and live shrimp and I think the first cast produced a hungry Seatrout! We worked the bank slowly, picked up another Trout, then it was like a wildfire of Redfish catching! Both Jim and Derrick landed one Redfish after the other. We had a couple fish just a tad bit under 18″ and most were in the 16-17″ range. A good handful had multiple spots with one of them totaling 18 spots. A legal entry would be a sure winner in this weekend’s upcoming Redfish Spot Tournament.
When the bite slowed we ran out and up along Tiger and made one short pit stop at a marsh runout with plans to fish jigs on the sandy bottom. After getting a Trout on the initial cast, Derrick landed a large Stingray and a small Flounder to round out the duo’s Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder. We got a good cast net full of finger mullet then headed up to the Jolley River – all the way to Snook Creek.
It didn’t take long for bites. Derrick hooked up and landed a keeper sized Trout and shortly after that Jim did too, an even bigger one. They caught a couple of more Trout and a good handful of the small but hard fighting Redfish. After hitting one more spot in the Jolley (and getting one Red) we ran around and made our final stop at the logs of Tiger.
Fishing the pockets with jigs paid off! Another first cast and BOOM! Big Fish On! We had been waiting all day for that drag to rip and rip it did! Derrick was on the rod and played the big fish patiently. I though once it had made its way up into the logs but Derrick applied the pressure and worked it out and after a good battle landed a Slot sized 23.75″ Redfish. Now that’s the way to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida!